Minor in Mathematics
To earn a Minor in Mathematics a student must complete Math 2255 and an additional 14 semester hours of mathematics courses at the 2300 level or higher. At least 9 of these additional 14 hours must be at the 3000 level or higher. Courses used to fill other requirements at SPSU (excluding core areas A through E) may also be used to earn a minor in Mathematics.
Current Mathematics Department course offerings include:
MATH 2306 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations [Prerequisite: MATH 2254]
MATH 2335 (3) Numerical Methods I [Prerequisites: MATH 2254, knowledge of a higher level programming language]
MATH 2345 (3) Discrete Mathematics [Prerequisite: MATH 1113]
MATH 3261 (3) Statistical Methods [Prerequisite: MATH 2253]
MATH 3268 (3) Probability Theory [Prerequisite: MATH 2254]
MATH 3310 (3) Introduction to Advanced Mathematics [Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in MATH 2345]
MATH 3312 (4) Linear Algebra [Prerequisite: MATH 2254]
MATH 3320 (4) Introductory Real Analysis I [Prerequisites: MATH 2254 and, MATH 3310 or permission of the instructor]
MATH 3321 (4) Introductory Real Analysis II [Prerequisite: MATH 3320]
MATH 3396 (3) Combinatorics [Prerequisites: MATH 2254 and, MATH 3310 or permission of the instructor]
MATH 3496 (3) Number Theory [Prerequisite: MATH 3310 or concurrently or permission of the instructor]
MATH 3596 (3) Topology [Prerequisites: MATH 2254 and, MATH 3310 or permission of the instructor]
MATH 3696 (3) Geometry [Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in MATH 2254]
MATH 3796 (3) Symbolic Computation [Prerequisite: MATH 2254]
MATH 4406 (3) Differential Equations II [Prerequisite: MATH 2306]
MATH 4407 (3) Vector Analysis [Prerequisite: MATH 2255]
MATH 4417 (3) Functions of a Complex Variable [Prerequisite: MATH 2255]
MATH 4440 (4) Abstract Algebra [Prerequisites: MATH 3310, MATH 3312]
Frequently Asked Questions
The following is for general information only. For more detailed and precise information consult the Southern Polytechnic catalog or stop by the Mathematics Department in room D-113. We can also be reached by phone at (678) 915-7235.
Q: Why would anyone want to minor in Mathematics?
A: It’s a great way to enhance your education, increase your set of skills, learn interesting mathematics, and see how it’s used in your field. From a professional standpoint a Mathematics Minor can help your degree stand out to prospective employers. It’s also good preparation if you plan to take the Engineer in Training exam.
Q: How tough is it getting a Mathematics Minor?
A: It depends to some extent upon how difficult you find Mathematics and the courses you select. In general, however, you can expect to take some interesting upper level Mathematics courses. The number of course hours required can be easily fit into the elective structure of many degree programs.
Q: What catalog should I look in for the requirements of the minor?
A: You may use the Mathematics Minor requirements from any catalog that has been in effect as long as you have been continuously enrolled since that catalog was used. “Continuously enrolled” means that you have not been unenrolled at Southern Polytechnic for more than one term in a row. Incidentally, you may choose the minor requirements from a different catalog than that chosen for your major.
Q: What are the current Mathematics Minor requirements?
A: You must complete Math 2255 and an additional 14 semester hours of mathematics courses at the 2300 level or higher. At least 9 of these additional 14 hours must be at the 3000 level or higher.
Q: Can courses count toward my major and minor at the same time?
A: For most courses, yes. However, courses that count toward Areas A-E cannot also be used toward the minor. Generally speaking, Mathematics courses beyond the level of Calculus II can simultaneously count toward a major and minor. For some degrees the Mathematics that is already required can bring you fairly close to completing the Minor.
Q: Can I use courses that I transferred into Southern Polytechnic?
A: Yes. However, at least 6 semester hours of credit toward the minor must be completed at Southern Polytechnic.
Q: What are good courses to use toward the minor?
A: That depends a lot on your interests and your major. The projected offerings and upper level course descriptions can give you some idea of the possibilities. You may want to talk with your major advisor and/or Mathematics faculty as well.
Q: How do I know when courses are going to be offered?
A: Our “Projected Math Offerings” table details when courses will most likely be placed on the schedule. Note that several upper level Mathematics courses are typically offered only once a year. Please be aware that the information provided within the table is only a guess and circumstances can make alterations necessary.
Q: Do I need to declare my Minor via some form?
A: The only form you need to declare your minor on is your petition to graduate. This petition must be submitted very early in the semester before the semester in which you intend to graduate. Your major office can provide you with more information. In addition to information about the degree you’re seeking, there is a line on the form on which to state your minor and the catalog you are using for it.
Q: Do I need to have an advisor in the Mathematics Department if I’m pursuing a Math Minor?
A: No, a designated advisor is unnecessary. However, if you’re unsure of anything about the minor, such as what courses to take or when they’ll be offered, it is a good idea to stop by the Mathematics Department to talk to the Department Chair.
Q: Does my minor appear on my transcript and diploma?
A: It doesn’t appear on your diploma, but it is listed on your transcript.